ADVISORY OPINION TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RE: CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT TO VOTE IN FLORIDA ELECTIONS.
FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF
Original Proceedings - Advisory Opinion - Attorney General
Moody, Attorney General, Amit Agarwal, Solicitor General, and
John Guard, Chief Deputy Solicitor General, Tallahassee,
Florida, for Petitioner
A. McKee, Tallahassee, Florida, and W. Bradley Russell of
Foley & Lardner, LLP, Jacksonville, Florida, for
Interested Party, Florida Citizen Voters
Attorney General of Florida has requested this Court's
opinion as to the validity of an initiative petition
circulated pursuant to article XI, section 3 of the Florida
Constitution. We have jurisdiction. See art. IV,
§ 10; art. V, § 3(b)(10), Fla. Const. We approve
the proposed amendment for placement on the ballot.
15, 2019, the Attorney General petitioned this Court for an
advisory opinion regarding the validity of an initiative
petition sponsored by Florida Citizen Voters (the Sponsor)
and titled "Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida
Elections." Namely, the Attorney General asks whether
the proposed amendment complies with the single-subject
requirement of article XI, section 3 of the Florida
Constitution, and whether the ballot title and summary of the
proposed amendment comply with the clarity requirements of
section 101.161(1), Florida Statutes (2019). We invited
briefing from interested parties regarding the validity of
the initiative petition. We received one brief, from the
Sponsor, arguing in favor of the proposed amendment. And we
received no briefs in opposition to the proposed amendment.
On October 21, 2019, we dispensed with oral argument.
full text of the proposed amendment, which would amend
article VI, section 2 of the Florida Constitution, provides:
ARTICLE VI. Section 2. Electors.
Every citizen Only a citizen
of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age
and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered
as provided by law, shall be an elector of the county where
ballot title for the proposed amendment is: "Citizenship
Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections." And the
ballot summary states:
This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who
are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of
Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall ...